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Something for Nothing Martin waits until he hears the front door close and her car drive off and, although panicked, he can’t resist stealing her jewelry box as a keepsake. He plans to hide it in his closet until he has a chance to sneak it back into its owner’s house. In the meantime, he needs to deal with his debts before the bank forecloses on him. His accountant fails to arrange a bank loan. Martin is in big financial trouble. What’s more, his neighbor alerts the police about the break-in and the theft of her jewelry box. Slater, the friendly cop who drops in, says he’s asking the neighbors if any of

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them have seen anyone suspicious on their quiet street. He recognizes Martin and his kids – he’s the same officer who delivered the drug lecture at Sarah’s unhappy incident. He’s smooth with the kids, and Peter is fascinated to meet the man who started his lecture by saying he’s been a big-city narcotics cop who was wounded twice by druggies during arrests. His appearance puts Martin in another sweat. For good reason. In a recent conversation with his horse trainer, Val, Martin is nudged for repayment of a loan Val made with him. Val wants his money back, and Martin doesn’t have it. What Martin does have is his unsold airplanes. Val offers to set Martin up in a one-night job – a quick jaunt in darkness to Mexico. Martin can drop off a sack of money, wait until his plane is loaded with drugs and return. It will only take a couple of hours, Val says, and Martin can be home and in bed before daylight. The job pays $5,000, and all Martin has to do afterward is keep his mouth shut. Martin is reluctant to be involved, so he struggles with the offer. As the noose tightens on his business crisis, he weakens and finally agrees. He desperately needs the money. The caper does not go off as smoothly as Val described it, but

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